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Film at the O is the overall film program of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, featuring screenings of work related to the collection, exhibitions, initiatives, and general programming, including collaborations with Ogden After Hours (the Museum's weekly music series), Southern Storytellers (the Museum's literary series), specific events related to local or regional events, and/or somehow related to the museum or community at large. It also includes the work of Southern or Southern diaspora filmmakers and/or Southern themed work.

The Museum has collaborated with a number of filmmakers and organizations, such as the New Orleans Film Society and the American Institute of Architects.

New Orleans Film Premiere of REBEL. A new documentary exploring the secret life of Loreta Velazquez, a New Orleans Cuban immigrant and Confederate soldier turned Union spy

Friday, January 17, 2014
7PM: Screening
Q&A with REBEL Writer/Director Maria Agui Carter to follow screening

Shrouded in mystery and long the subject of debate, this is the amazing story of Loreta Velazquez—a female Confederate soldier turned Union spy. It remains one of the Civil War’s most gripping forgotten narratives. Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant from New Orleans, was one of an estimated 1000 women who secretly served as soldiers during the American Civil War.

Who was Loretta? Why did she fight? And what made her so dangerous that she has virtually been erased from the history books? Directed by María Agui Carter, REBEL is the story of a woman, a myth, and the politics of national memory.

Free for Museum Members or with a Tulane ID | $10 Non-Members

Recent programming has included screenings of:

Short Films by Tav Falco

Arkansas-born, Vienna-based musician, artist and Southern provocateur Tav Falco has but one goal: "To stir the dark waters of unconscious". Short films from the series "Top Genre"; "Necrophiliac"; "Live Excavations"; and "Rogue Male," include: "Honky Tonk," "Born too Late," "Masque of Hotel Orient" (still from movie shown here), among others.

Live at Preservation Hall: Louisiana Fairytale - A film by Danny Clinch

For 50 years, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has kept the traditions of New Orleans jazz alive, performing both at home and on tour around the world. Along the way, they have brought in collaborators of all musical stripes to play, honor, and reinterpret America's first true art form. In Louisiana Fairytale (59 min. 33 sec.), director Danny Clinch documents their collaboration with American rock band My Morning Jacket, showing a legendary group of New Orleans musicians passing on traditions and inspiring a new generation.

Produced by Clinch and Preservation Hall band leader Ben Jaffe, the film features an intimate performance by both bands in the French Quarter's historic Preservation Hall.

The Big Uneasy - A film by Harry Shearer

The first documentary by long-time "mockumentarian" Harry Shearer, The Big Uneasy (95 min.) gets the inside story of a disaster that could have been prevented from the people who were there. Shearer speaks to the investigators who poked through the muck as the water receded and a whistle-blower from the Army Corps of Engineers, revealing that some of the same flawed methods responsible for the levee failure during Katrina are being used to rebuild the system expected to protect the new New Orleans from future peril.

In short segments hosted by John Goodman, Shearer speaks candidly with local residents about life in New Orleans. Together, they explore the questions that Americans outside of the Gulf region have been pondering in the five years since Katrina: Why would people choose to live below sea level? Why is it important to rebuild New Orleans?

The Big Uneasy is laced with computer imagery that takes you inside the structures that failed so catastrophically, and boasts never-before-seen video of the moments when New Orleans began to flood and the painstaking investigations that followed. The Big Uneasy marks the beginning of the end of almost six years of ignorance about what happened to one of our nation’s most treasured cities—and serves as a stark reminder that the same agency that failed to protect New Orleans still exists in other cities across America.

God’s Architects - A film by Zack Godshall and Emilie Taylor

God's Architects (82 min.) is a documentary that tells the stories of five divinely inspired artist-architects—Floyd Blanks Jr., Rev. H.D. Dennis, Kenny Hill, Leonard Knight, and Shelby Ravellette—and their enigmatic creations. The film details how and why these oft-marginalized creators, with neither funding nor blueprints, construct their self-made environments.

In the spring of 2005, Emilie Taylor, then a graduate student at the Tulane School of Architecture, received a travel grant to research and document self-taught and visionary builders around the South. After visiting and documenting a number of builders, most of whom professed some degree of divine inspiration, Taylor shared her findings with filmmaker Zachary Godshall. >Immediately attracted by Taylor's stories, drawings, and photographs, Godshall decided to visit the builders himself.

And so in November 2005, Godshall set out from south Louisiana with a camera, tripod, and microphone to interview and document the work of Floyd Banks Jr., a divinely inspired castle builder living in the east Tennessee hill country.

Three years later, Godshall completed a feature-length film that both examines and celebrates the work of Banks along with four other solitary builders who have constructed similar monuments. Beyond the builders and their work, the film functions as a personal essay that explores the nature of inspiration and one's dedication to a creative project, no matter how absurd or mysterious the circumstances may seem.

For more information about film programming at the Museum, please contact Libra LaGrone at 504.539.9612;

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